- NAC now has opened 6 cannabis retail locations in Manitoba. Four of the six stores are in partnership with First Nations, including a new location in Thompson, Manitoba in partnership with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
- NAC is looking to open to open at least 14 recreational cannabis stores in Manitoba with four stores in partnership with Manitoban First Nations, all under the META™ brand, by early 2019.
- With 20 stores in Manitoba and Alberta, the Company is larger by store count than any private cannabis retailer and equal in store count to the largest public cannabis retailer in Canada, according to provincial licensing statistics.
TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - National Access Cannabis Corp. ("NAC" or the "Company") (TSXV: META), a best practices leader in delivering secure, safe and responsible access to legal cannabis in Canada, today announced the opening of a cannabis retail store on First Nation land in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation ("NCN"), Thompson, Manitoba.
The new retail location is listed below:
Meta Cannabis Supply Co.
58 Cree Rd
"I am proud to announce the opening of another META store in partnership with First Nations," said Mark Goliger, CEO of NAC. "Bringing our META brand to Thompson, Manitoba in partnership with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, proves our retail strategy and momentum as we quickly roll-out new stores. Thompson, Manitoba is known as the 'Gateway to the North', and this new store will act as another gateway, providing safe and legal access to recreational cannabis for the more than 50,000 poeple that use Thompson as a shopping and travel-through hub. Adding six stores in Manitoba to our 14 NewLeaf locations in Alberta, brings us to a total of 20 stores, maintaining NAC as the largest private retailer in Canada. This is just the beginning – we're still growing."
The Manitoba government previously awarded the Company authorization to operate 10 privately owned retail cannabis stores, an e-commerce platform, and four additional retail stores in partnership with First Nations groups in the Province of Manitoba. The Company continues to develop its retail strategy to open more legal cannabis retail locations in partnership with three Manitoban Indigenous First Nations (Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Long Plain First Nation, and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation). These partnerships are expected to establish retail cannabis distribution on First Nation lands under Indigenous and NAC leadership.
Previous announcements regarding NAC's Manitoba expansion may be found through the following links:
December 8, 2018 – National Access Cannabis Corp. Provides Retail Sales and Corporate Update
February 16, 2018 – Successful Response to Manitoba Private Cannabis Industry RFP
About National Access Cannabis Corp.
NAC is a best practices leader in delivering secure, safe, and responsible access to legal cannabis in Canada. Through its Canada-wide network of medical cannabis clinics, partner pharmacies, NAC Bio's clinical research division, Meta Cannabis Supply Co.™ and NewLeaf Cannabis™ recreational cannabis retail stores, NAC enables patients and the public to gain knowledge and access to Canada's network of authorized Licensed Producers of cannabis. NAC is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol (TSXV: META).
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